Network Associates is to declare 4 July, the US Independence Day holiday, "Independence from Spam Day" and will give out free copies of its McAfee SpamKiller product online and in retail stores.
The first 1,776 visitors to www.mcafee.com on 4 July will receive a free copy of SpamKiller. Network Associates will also distribute free copies of the software to the first 20 visitors to each of 922 OfficeMax retail outlets in the US.
In June, Network Associates surveyed more than 1,500 online participants and found that around half spend more than 40 minutes a week deleting spam.
Pornography topped the list of spam e-mail topics, with mortgage refinancing, credit counseling and sexual enhancement products other popular spam themes.
Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service